Unique destination getaways

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Nearly 20 communities make up the South Shore in northwest Indiana. Whether passing through or planning a nearby vacation getaway, the South Shore has plenty of options for everyone. The area's premiere watermark, outdoor recreation, shopping and dining are only the beginning.

Deep River Waterpark

The largest water park in the region calls Crown Point home. Attractions at Deep River Waterpark are suited to everyone from young children to senior citizens. A "cooler-friendly" water park, Deep River backs up its reputation as a true family attraction with special events such as Family Tubin' Tuesdays, when the park is open until 9:30 p.m. for working families.

Jansen's Fruit Market

Since first opening in Hobart in 1954, Jansen's Fruit Market has grown as a true family business. Passed on from one generation to the next, Jansen's today has five greenhouses and offers everything from the fruit they first were known for to landscaping and other various plants. Consumers have said Jansen's sells "the best fresh produce in northwest Indiana."

Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets

In Michigan City, the Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets tout 120 designer and name-brand outlet stores. For clothes, the Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets feature Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein and many more. Sportswear outfitters include Adidas, Nike and Under Armour. There also are children's stores, jewelry stores and even an electric vehicle charging station.

Maxim Power Sports

In its 35,000-square-foot Merrillville showroom, Maxim Power Sports offers ATVs, jet skis, scooters and more. Whether you're an experienced outdoor enthusiast or looking for your first 4-wheeler, Maxim's team of professionals can help. For those who already have equipment, Maxim also has a parts and service department to get your vehicle back in action when it needs some attention.

Gary SouthShore Railcats

The Gary SouthShore RailCats are northwest Indiana's only professional sports franchise. Part of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, the Railcats play their home games at Gary's U.S. Steel Yard. Seating more than 6,000 fans who must pay no more than $10 each per ticket, the Steel Yard is considered one of the country's top minor league ballparks.

Steiner Homes Ltd.

Steiner Homes' "distinctly affordable" homes in Lake, LaPorte and Porter counties are built with personality that reflect their homeowner. The owner, Dan Steiner, began his career pounding a hammer and today uses his 30 years of experience to continually update designs and floor plans to stay current with the latest trends.

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

Valparaiso's Taltree Arboretum & Gardens offers visitors nearly four miles of trails in restored woodlands, prairie and wetlands. Combining outdoors education with relaxing nature excursions, Taltree's more than 360 acres of land are perfect for picnics, hikes or educational trips. Taltree also has an award-winning Railway Garden, blending an actual garden with an expansive model train.

Towle Theater

Hammond's Towle Theater hasn't even been in business for 10 years since opening in 2003, but it's already entertained thousands of audience members and served tens of thousands of youths through its educational programs. Along with live performances, the Towle Theater offers classes and programmers for children and adults.

Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events

On more than 72 days each year, downtown Valparaiso becomes a place of fun and entertainment at events hosted by Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events. From music to movies to craft beer, the entertainment comes in all shapes and sizes. Along with such specialty programming, downtown Valparaiso also is home to specialty shops and restaurants.